In the Finest Traditions of the Service

Posted: October 15, 2010 in breaking, britain, columnist, columnists, daily, england, feed, headlines, internet, latest, local, news, newspaper, online, pa, pa video news feed, paper, political, read, tabloid, the sun, uk, update, video, weather, web, world

Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune is heard calmly telling his passengers:

“Just to let you know, I took a round through my front windscreen which came up and hit me in the head. I’ve got a bit of a crack and a bleed there.”

The bullet-riddled Chinook then starts malfunction and Flt Lt Fortune is heard saying:

“MAYDAY. This is Tricky 73. Nine miles to the south.”

He steered the chopper back to base despite being covered in blood – and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.The drama near Garmsir, Helmand, unfolded as he picked up casualties in a firefight between US forces and rebels.

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